Sorry if this has been asked before.
I read recently that patients with more severe adrenal fatigue can feel better on adrenal extract, while patients with mild or moderate AF should try adrenal cortex (ACE) first. It seems products with adrenal extracts contain more ingredients, and possibly more helpful ones, than ACE products.
I have avoided adrenal extracts, after reading that they can cause all sorts of nasty side effects, like adrenaline surges, and put even more unwanted stress on your exhausted adrenal glands.
Does anyone know if there is any truth to the statement that adrenal extracts can be better for people with more pronounced adrenal fatigue?
I just got the results back from a hair mineral analysis, and one of the findings is that I have low cortisol levels. I have been on Medrol (6 and 4 mg alternatively) for a few years now, for adrenal fatigue, but I realise it has either not been effective for me, or at least not effective enough. So now, I am looking for a natural treatment (I'd prefer to avoid prescription hydrocortisone if at all possible). There are literally hundreds of supplements out there, so I feel quite overwhelmed when trying to separate the good ones from the bad ones...
My doctor (a Hertoghe doctor) preferred Medrol for the beginning because I tended to retain fluid, which to me is quite normal, since I was also seriously hypothyroid back then, despite high doses of levothyroxine. My doctor has also told me that Medrol won't show up on labs, so there would be no use measuring my cortisol levels while on it. The only way to tell if it's working or not is to go by symptoms...and I 'm honestly not sure I'm that impressed with the results so far. Maybe I'd need to go higher than 4 mg daily (I think 4 mg = 20 mg of HC is the lowest physiological dose recommended for adrenal fatigue)?
Has anyone successfully treated adrenal fatigue with supplements and, if so, which one(s)?